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DEADLINE: 1 August 2022

The Rhodes Scholarship is a fully funded, full time, postgraduate award which enables talented young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Applying for the Scholarship is a challenge, but it is an experience that applications from highly talented students that stand out academically, socially and otherwise are encouraged to undertake. Rhodes Scholars come to the UK for two or more years and can apply to study most full-time postgraduate courses offered by Oxford University.

Scholarship Benefits

The Rhodes Scholarship covers Oxford University course fees, as well as providing an annual stipend. For the 2021/22 academic year, the stipend is £17,310 per annum (£1,442.50 per month) from which Scholars pay all living expenses, including accommodation. Please note - this is not sufficient to cover partners or dependents.

The detailed Conditions of Tenure document outlines permitted combinations of degrees, and how many years of study are covered by the Scholarship, as the latter depends on course choice - for example up to three years of fees and stipend is available to Scholars who choose to undertake a DPhil (PhD) at Oxford.

Following selection for the Scholarship, the Rhodes Trust will cover the fee required to apply to study at the University of Oxford. The Trust will cover the fee for a student visa and the associated International Health Surcharge (IHS), which enables international students to access the UK's National Health Service. The Rhodes Trust will cover two economy class flights - to and from the UK - for the beginning and end of studies in Oxford.

On arrival in Oxford, Scholars receive a settling in allowance and for those Scholars who transition to a second course of study in Oxford, they will again receive assistance to cover the fee for visa renewal and further application for IHS.


The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship programme in the world, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to undertake full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, (ranked first internationally in the Times Higher Education rankings for 2017 and 2018) for more than 100 years.

One of the founding aims of the Scholarship was to identify young leaders from around the world who, through the pursuit of education together at Oxford, would forge bonds of mutual understanding and fellowship for the betterment of mankind.

The Rhodes Scholarship’s reputation as the world's most distinguished academic scholarship rests on the enormous contributions Scholars have made to the world, and the qualities sought in a Rhodes Scholar - intellectual distinction combined with concern for others, energy to lead, and a focus on public service.

The criteria for selection are:

  • Education/residency: You must have been resident in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or eSwatini for at least five of the last ten years

  • literary and scholastic attainments (academic excellence)

    • A First Class Honours Degree or equivalent, OR,

    • A GPA of 3.70/4.0 or higher, OR,

    • An Honours degree (or have taken an Honours year) from a University outside of your country OR if you have studied to Masters level within your country (with the exception of those studying in South Africa and Namibia, and for some countries, those studying medicine

  • energy to use one's talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved)

  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship

  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

  • i. Upon 1 October 2022, you must be at least 18 and have not reached your 24th birthday (i.e. you must have been born after 1 October 1998 and on or before 1 October 2004).

  • OR (for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later than usual)

  • ii. Upon 1 October 2022, you must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e. have been born after 1 October 1995) AND you have met or will meet the academic requirements for completing your first undergraduate degree on or after 1 October 2021*.

  • OR (for medical graduates who have completed an MBBCh or an MBChB degree)

  • iii. Upon 1 October 2022, you must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e.have been born after 1 October 1995)

  • OR (for other health science graduates who must complete any compulsory internship and/or community service)

  • iv. Upon 1 October 2022, you must have not reached your 27th birthday (i.e.have been born after 1 October 1995)


Permitted degrees/degree combinations :

  • A BA with Senior Status (ie done over two years, rather than the normal three) : Scholars who read for a 2nd BA may not apply for a third year of Scholarship

  • A one-year taught Master’s course (MSc, MSt, BCL), followed in the second year by another one-year taught Master’s course (subject to successful completion of the first course) : Scholars who read two consecutive one-year Master’s courses may not apply for a third year of Scholarship

  • A one-year taught Master’s course (MSc, MSt, BCL) : Scholars who read for a one-year taught Master’s course may progress to DPhil, and subsequently apply for a third year of Scholarship, subject to the Notes below. This progression is not open to Scholars in the Maths, Physical & Life Sciences Division (see below)

  • A two-year MPhil or BPhil (or BCL/MPhil) : Scholars taking the MPhil/BPhil (or the two-year BCL/MPhil route) may apply for a third year of Scholarship to read for DPhil, subject to the Notes below.

  • A two-year MSc by research (or MLitt) : Scholars who read a two-year MSc by research may not apply for a third year of Scholarship

  • A three-year DPhil : Scholars entering Oxford direct to DPhil follow the same application process for a third year, as described in the Notes below. Please note candidates for a DPhil within the Maths, Physical & Life Sciences Division may not take the Master’s route to DPhil, and must apply to start the DPhil in their first year in Oxford


  • The MFE (Masters in Financial Economics) and the MBA (Masters in Business Administration): Scholars may only read these degrees in the second year of the Scholarship

  • The MPP-MBA or MPP-MFE combination is not available (that is, neither the MBA nor the MFE may be pursued in the second year for those who take the MPP (Masters in Public Policy) in their first year

  • The four-year Accelerated Graduate-Entry course in Medicine is not tenable on the Rhodes Scholarship

  • Four-year DPhil programmes, eg the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) programmes. Scholars may pursue these programmes only if alternative funding is obtained for the final (4th) year of the programme.


  1. You must submit your application online, with all supporting documents. There is no application fee for submission of the Rhodes Scholarship application form.

  2. In preparation for making your application, you should carefully read the information held on the Scholarships tab on the Rhodes House website, the Conditions of Tenure for the Rhodes Scholarship, the information in this document and the graduate admissions pages of the University of Oxford

  3. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a social engagement and a final interview. You must be available to attend both, in person, as no accommodations can be made on date and time, or mode, of these events

  4. All applicants will be emailed with the outcome of their application

  5. Please note that if you are invited to interview, you may be asked to bring the originals of all documents with you:

    1. A copy of your birth certificate.

    2. A copy of a valid passport or ID document.

    3. An official transcript from the college or university at which you are studying, or have studied, showing grades achieved (to date). You should also upload copies of your degree certificates.

    4. A copy of your school leaving certificate.

    5. A full curriculum vitae which should include specific details about academic qualifications, prizes, scholarships, positions of leadership, employment positions, involvement in student, voluntary, community or political activities and any cultural, musical or sporting accomplishments

    6. A personal statement of no more than 750 words

    7. An academic statement of study of no more than 350 words

    8. You will need to provide a list of four people (your referees) who are willing to submit references on your behalf

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